Today’s Daily Update

The Senate passed the “Highway and Transportation Funding Act” (H.R. 5021), as amended.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House passed the following bills by voice vote: H.R. 3896, to amend the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act to provide a definition of recreational vessel for purposes of such Act; H.R. 4626, to ensure access to certain information for financial services industry regulators, and for other purposes; H.R. 5062, to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to specify that privilege is maintained when information is shared by certain non-depository covered persons with Federal and State financial regulators, and for other purposes; H.R. 4709, to improve enforcement efforts related to prescription drug diversion and abuse, and for other purposes

Today:

  • The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected are 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.; last votes are expected: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • The Chamber will vote on H.R. 5195 – To provide additional visas for the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program, as amended; H.Con.Res. 107 – Denouncing the use of civilians as human shields by Hamas and other terrorist organizations in violation of international humanitarian law, as amended; the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 3230 – Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014; H.Res. 676 – Providing for authority to initiate litigation for actions by the President or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution of the United States; and the “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013” (H.R. 935).

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed H.R. 5021, to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund by a vote of 79 – 18.
    • The following amendments were agreed to:
      • The Wyden/Hatch Amendment, to modify the provisions relating to revenue, was agreed to by a vote of 71 – 26.
      • The Carper amendment, in the nature of a substitute was agreed to by a vote of 66 – 31.
    • The following amendments were not agreed to:
      • The Lee Amendment, to empower States with authority for most taxing and spending for highway programs and mass transit programs, failed by a vote of 28 – 69
      • The Toomey Amendment, to ease Federal burdens on State and local governments recovering from catastrophic events, by a vote of 47 – 50.

Today:

  • The Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the “Bring Jobs Home Act” (S.2569). If cloture is not invoked, then there will be a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2648, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking
“The Flood Insurance Claims Process in Communities After Sandy: Lessons Learned and Potential Improvements”

House Ways and Means
“The Tax Reform Act of 2014”

Senate Finance
“The African Growth and Opportunity Act”

National Institute on Retirement Security
Pensionomics 2014: Measuring the Economic Impact of Defined Benefit Pension Expenditures

Senate Judiciary
Pricing Policies and Competition in the Contact Lens Industry: Is What You See What You Get?

Senate Special Aging Committee
“Admitted or Not? The Impact of Medicare Observation Status on Seniors.”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

HEALTH

H.R.5232: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require hospitals to provide certain notifications to individuals classified by such hospitals under observation status rather than admitted as inpatients of such hospitals.
Sponsor: Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-35] (introduced 7/29/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

TAX

H.R.5234: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against tax for manufacturing job training expenses.
Sponsor: Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1] (introduced 7/29/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


H.R.5239: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income any discharge of student loan indebtedness.
Sponsor: Rep Pocan, Mark [WI-2] (introduced 7/29/2014) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


S.2681: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for businesses to keep jobs in the United States.
Sponsor: Sen Pryor, Mark L. [AR] (introduced 7/29/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.